A bright and sunny day coupled with a first visit by the Red Arrows to Shuttleworth, guaranteed large crowds as this small grass strip. New display lines and regulations have been put in place post the tragic Shoreham crash, which have changed the feel of UK airshows. My hope is that all parties continue to work together and review the requirements and strike the right balance between safety and the viewing experience.
An evening with Avro Lancaster B Mk VII, NX611 “Just Jane” at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, along with some re-enactors to help create the illusion of stepping back in time. The centre was initially established by the Panton brothers as a memorial to their brother lost on a mission over Germany during WW2.
Often, one can overlook treasures immediately on your door step, and although it’s still reasonable journey, RAF Cosford, is probably my nearest major aviation museum. This was my first visit for 6 years and whilst the collection content hasn’t changed too much, many of the exhibits had been moved creating new photo opportunities. I also decided to try a different approach to get alternative views by using a GoPro on a selfie stick.
Located in South Kensington in central London is the Science Museum, dedicated to recording the achievements of a scientific, technical and medical nature. Hidden away on the 3rd floor, is a small but important collection of historic aircraft and related artefacts including the original Schneider Trophy.
A stunning show with a flypast of 17 x Spitfires, plus the full Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s fighters in formation with the Red Arrows. Then throw in energetic displays from other aircraft from the Battle era including a formation of Hurricanes, the Gloster Gladiator and Bristol Blenheim.
A visit to the National Museum of Flight in Scotland had been on my agenda for many years. With the museum now housing one of the British Airways Concordes with good access for photography there was increased impetus to visit. Concorde is one of those aircraft I totally took for granted when it was in the air, and I never seemed to get a decent photograph of it.
My first visit to this intriguing airshow located at the former British Aerospace factory (famous for the Harrier production) and now famous as being home to BBC TV’s Top Gear track. A mix of both aviation and motorsport, with a break mid-way through the airshow for a range of exotic & historic (plus some neither) cars to speed down the runway.